Andrew Barr, Chief Minister of the Australian Capital Territory was able to confirm Tuesday that the strict coronavirus lockdown would end Friday amid the third wave of pandemic.
Barr announced that Canberra residents can stay at home as planned on Thursday night. This marks an end of lockdown in Canberra after 64 days.
Restaurants, cafes, bars and non-essential retail outlets, hairdressers, personal care services, and other Canberra businesses will reopen on Friday. Density limits may apply.
Locals in Canberra will have the right to meet outdoors, and up to five people can visit another house.
Barr stated that Covid-19 cases would increase as lockdown ends, but that 72% of the over-12-year-olds living in the ACT have been fully vaccinated.
He told reporters that “our first dose levels indicate this will reach close 99 percent fully vaccinated by the end of November.”
As restrictions are relaxed, the expected increase in cases is significant. However, being fully vaccinated can provide protection. Australia reported 1,854 Covid-19 cases locally on Tuesday. This is the lowest number since September and continues the fight against the third wave.
The number of new infections climbed to 131 415. While the death toll was 1,461.
According to the most recent data from the Department of Health, 82.4 percent of Australians over 16 have received one dose of Covid vaccine and 62.4 percent were fully vaccinated.